Category Archives: Trademark

Acronyms as Trademarks

What does the acronym stand for, and does the term(s) directly describe the product or service with which the mark is used in connection? Do those who work in the same field have any familiarity with the term and its acronym? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, trademark registration may not be possible. Continue reading

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Specimens Showing Use of Service Marks

The Trademark Office issued examination guidelines this week regarding service mark specimens. Continue reading

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Rare Federal Circuit Case Upholds Rejection of Trademark as Disparaging

A recent Federal Circuit trademark case highlighted the requirement that trademarks not disparage political or religious organizations. Continue reading

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Is a Comprehensive Clearance Search for Your Trademark Worth the Money?

This post written by guest author, attorney Gianni Pattas. Everything is perfect. You paid a graphic designer to design your brand new logo for your business. You paid the radio to run ads advertising the grand opening of your business. … Continue reading

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Telescoped Trademarks

Picking a trademark is an incredibly important part of starting a business or bringing a new product line to market. The ability to protect the mark depends on its distinctiveness. Some marks are generic or descriptive, while others are highly … Continue reading

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Obtaining Consent to Register a Trademark in a Name

When a mark in a trademark application includes a name, portrait or signature of a living individual, that person’s consent must generally be sought before the Trademark Office will register the application. This is to prevent the registration – and … Continue reading

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Universal Symbols and Trademarks

John Welch writes over at TTABlog today about the recent refusal of Craigslist’s application to register a trademark for the peace symbol. It is a very interesting post on a not-frequently-seen area of trademark law. While generally a trademark can … Continue reading

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Reviving an Abandoned Trademark Application

A trademark application will be abandoned by the Trademark Office if a deadline passes without you taking certain action. This can happen, for instance, if the Trademark Office has issued you an Office Action that requires a response, and the … Continue reading

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Trademark Likelihood of Confusion, in Triathlon Products

Today, a basic primer on trademark infringement and an example of something that seems pretty clear. A registered trademark gives the owner the right to prevent anyone from using a mark in a way that is likely to cause confusion. … Continue reading

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Angelo’s, In-N-Out Burger, and their Confusingly Similar Signs

A few weekends ago I competed at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in California. Oceanside has some restaurants I’ve not seen anywhere else before, in the country or even in California. One of those was a place called Angelo’s, which served everything … Continue reading

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